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At times, the filmmaker feels like the Hollywood equivalent of The Fast Show's Unlucky Alf - frequently attaching himself to fanboy-friendly properties before seeing them vanish into the wind. We take a look back at the multiple del Toro projects that never made it to the starting line below.
The flip side of the regular, primary colours Justice League heroes, DC Comics' Dark united such disparate characters as Deadman, Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Del Toro penned a script for the film but reportedly dropped out to focus on Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2.
Warner Bros has a "dark and gritty" mandate for its comic-to-movie properties, leading many to believe that »
Illustrator Andy Park has given us a peek at some of his early concept designs for the titular villain in Marvel’s blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, posting the following images to his Facebook page…
“These are some initial passes done for the big baddie, Ultron. What a crazy fun project to work on,” states Park. “I don’t get to do the more robotic designs that often here given our resident robot experts in Ryan Meinerding, Phil Saunders, along with Josh Nizzi and Josh Herman. But when I do get a chance I just savor the moment. Too much fun!”
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill »
- Gary Collinson
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
"These are some initial passes done for the big baddie, Ultron. What a crazy fun project to work on," Avengers: Age of Ultron artist Andy Park says on his Facebook page about the following pieces of artwork. "I don't get to do the more robotic designs that often here given our resident robot experts in Ryan Meinerding, Phil Saunders, along with Josh Nizzi and Josh Herman. But when I do get a chance I just savor the moment. Too much fun!" Do you think these designs are better than what ended up in the sequel? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the usual place. Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits DVD and Blu-ray this year. »
The most exciting thing about a new Marvel movie being released isn’t the movie itself; it’s the press tour that the actors – and more specifically Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige – embark on a few weeks before it reaches the big screen. Ant-Man, the studio’s latest venture is no different, with the Us press tour resulting in some fascinating (and spoilery) Marvel movie details being revealed.
It’s almost as if Feige uses these press junkets as a chance to also promote Marvel’s upcoming releases.
That’s good news for fans, especially as new details about the future of the Ant-Man franchise, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man have all been revealed. From major plot details to simple hints and teases about what’s to come, Feige has been generating headlines all week, creating buzz for Ant-Man and Phase 3. Here, you will »
- Josh Wilding
"It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on," Feige told Birth Movies Death. "It's a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older."
Boseman will debut in the film which - if it follows the thrust of the Civil War comic - will see Tony Stark and Steve Rogers going to war over their conflicting views of superheroes' roles in America.
"The reason we introduced him in Captain America: Civil War is »
Since the announcement of the massive cast of Captain America: Civil War (that includes the likes of Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man and the rest of the New Avengers), many fans were starting to worry that this would not be a “Captain America movie”. Well fear not, because Kevin Feige is putting those worries to rest.
“Certainly at the end of Civil War it’s a whole new ball game,” Feige told io9. “What’s fun about Civil War though is, as you know from the comics, it’s a very simple story. And it really has to be, to accommodate that many players. It’s very much a Captain America movie and it’s very much a sequel to The Winter Soldier in ways I don’t think people [will expect]…. It’s a very simple structure that allows you to have these amazing character interactions in a way that I don’t think becomes overwhelming. »
- Luke Owen
You'll need to save up a lot of money to assemble the entire roster of Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron figures, but as with the rest, it's hard to resist this one! Packaged with a light up Mjolnir and a number of other accessories, the 1/6 scale figurine is incredibly detailed, and you can check out a full gallery of images below. Will you buy this one? As always, let us know your thoughts below... Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits DVD and Blu-ray this year. »
When filming started in Atlanta on Captain America: Civil War last month, Marvel released the synopsis and full cast list, which featured the surprising inclusion of William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. We last saw the actor as General Ross in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, the second Phase One movie after Iron Man, and many fans were surprised to see him returning. During a new interview with IGN, the actor revealed that his character has changed quite a bit in the past seven years.
"I loved playing Ross the first time because I was able to try and create an ego as big as the monster he was chasing. And one that was as warped too. [Ross in Civil War] is different because it's a different style. It's a more modernized style. And what they've done is they've taken a character who was the Ross from the older film and made a new version. »
Opening in theaters last week was the new comedic drama Infinitely Polar Bear, which was written and directed by Maya Forbes (The Rocker). The film follows Cameron (Mark Ruffalo), a manic-depressive father trying to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young daughters living in New England in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Our very own Jordan Adler reviewed the film back when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had the following to say about it:
“Crowd-pleaser” and “manic depression drama” often don’t go together. However, Infinitely Polar Bear is a different beast, rooted in truth and featuring superb performances.
It’s a sentiment I agree with, too, as the entire cast gives it their all, resulting in a heartfelt indie film that definitely deserves to be seen.
Last week at the Los Angeles press day for Infinitely Polar Bear, »
- Jami Philbrick
With Captain America: Civil War currently filming in Atlanta and Doctor Strange getting ready to start shooting in London, the Marvel Phase Three lineup is starting to come together. After both of those 2016 movies, Marvel will release Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2017, with Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 set to follow in 2019. Marvel is starting to cast for Avengers 3 in Los Angeles, with Acting Auditions claiming that the studio is seeking actors to play a major villain from the comics. While these details have not been confirmed, there will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
If this report is true, the studio is seeking an actor to play Magus, the evil side of Adam Warlock, who separates from his body and creates the Infinity Gauntlet. Magus also creates dopplegangers of Earth's Mightiest Heroes as part of Thanos' (Josh Brolin) plan to create a world filled with evil. »
Those hoping for a standalone Hulk flick featuring Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner were disappointed when the actor explained the situation in a recent interview. According to him, it was very unlikely that we'd see another solo big-screen outing for the Jade Giant any time soon because Universal still held the rights. But, Forbes reckon that's only partially true. They report that the studio would have some say in a new movie, but only the "right of first refusal" to distribute. In other words, Marvel can get working on a Hulk feature at their leisure but it would be Universal and not Disney that would have the right to distribute it once the cameras stopped rolling. However, if they decided not to then Disney could scoop up the distribution rights. That's not an insurmountable hurdle for Marvel of course, but since we know their Phase 3 plans right up to 2019's »
Back in April, Steve had a chance to sit down with Mark Ruffalo - who plays Marvel's latest big-screen version of the Hulk - and picked his brain to find out just what the chances were for a standalone Hulk movie. Here's what Ruffalo had to say at the time: Ruffalo: As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me. [caption id="attachment_451257" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel[/caption] Now, in order to help clear this picture up a bit, a Forbes article has used Ruffalo's above-mentioned quote as a springboard into sorting out just which studio owns which particular rights and from that, »
- Dave Trumbore
Since Mark Ruffalo stepped into the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the first "The Avengers" film and won over many hearts in the process, there's been a push for a standalone Hulk feature with Ruffalo's incarnation.
Marvel has been asked repeatedly about the possibility but has seem oddly uninterested in the idea. A while back a quote from Ruffalo caused a stir because it seemed to have discovered a reason - that Universal still held the rights to produce a standalone Hulk movie. At the time Ruffalo said:
"As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn't really have the rights to that yet. That's still Universal's property, so there's that issue. That's a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don't think that's insurmountable, by the way, but I don't know where it's going from here for me."
This week though, Forbes »
- Garth Franklin
Heroic Hollywood founder Umberto Gonzalez was on Popcorn Talk and briefly mentioned a possible return for Kenneth Branagh to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Branagh directed (in my opinion) one of the most fun, entertaining and unique movies in the McU, Thor, and Gonzalez says Marvel may be looking to him to return to direct Thor: Ragnarok. "I was hearing that Marvel wanted Kenneth Branagh back for Thor 3," Gonzalez said before adding, "But, he just got an offer to direct Murder on the Orient Express at Fox. So, I don't know if it is going to happen or not. They're thinking about bringing him back into the fold." I don't know how much of an impact Branagh, or any director working for Marvel for that matter, had on the first Thor, but the film managed to make a universe-sprawling story feel small and personal. It had a healthy focus on »
- Brad Brevet
A few months ago, Mark Ruffalo hinted at a potential rights issue that's stopping Marvel pressing ahead with a standalone Hulk movie. He said that a Hulk movie was "still Universal's property", arguing "that's a big impediment" to moving ahead with a new, standalone Hulk movie. Now we have a little bit more detail.
Before the Marvel cinematic universe came about, Universal hired Ang Lee to make a sorely-underappreciated Hulk film, that starred Eric Bana. The movie did decent business in 2003, but hardly won too many people over. As such, Marvel pressed the reboot button for 2008's The Incredible Hulk, that saw Louis Leterrier direct Edward Norton in the role. Universal distributed that film. although it was a Marvel Studios production.
Since then, the role of the Hulk »
The Colin Trevorrow feature Jurassic World continued to hold strong in its second weekend, bringing in $102 million to retain the top spot at the box office. Jurassic World‘s total earnings to date also brought it to second place among the highest grossing films of the year, ahead of Furious 7 and just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Chris Pratt-starring feature managed to hold off the newest Pixar film Inside Out, which earned $91.1 million in its opening weekend, ending up in second place. The box office totals saw a steep drop-off from that point, as the Melissa McCarthy-starring Spy‘s $10.5 million total was enough to land it in third place.
Inside Out wasn’t the only new film to land a spot on the box office chart, as Rick Famuyiwa’s newest film Dope landed in fifth place with a $6 million total, behind the earthquake film San Andreas, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A couple months ago, actor Mark Ruffalo offered what seemed like a logical explanation for why Marvel Studios doesn't have plans for a second Hulk standalone movie. He told reporters that the studio didn't actually have the full rights to the character, calling Hulk "Universal's property," and that's what was preventing the company from creating a new project. As it turns out, Ruffalo was mistaken, and the details of the Marvel deal with Universal are actually much less strict than he suggested. Forbes has published an extensive article about the future of Hulk at Marvel Studios, and in the article it's explained that Marvel Studios actually does have the full rights to make an Incredible Hulk sequel. According to the report, Universal Pictures' ownership of the comic book hero lapsed in 2005 when the studio failed to make any headway creating a sequel to Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk movie. The catch »
Back in April, during publicity rounds for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, some new information surfaced regarding the future of The Incredible Hulk, and whether or not Marvel Studios had plans for Mark Ruffalo to get his own solo Hulk movie. A somewhat surprising reason surfaced as to why a new Hulk movie wasn’t in […]
The post Universal May Not Be Holding Up Marvel’s Future Plans for Hulk After All appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Maya Forbes’ big-screen memoir, Infinitely Polar Bear, is a movie about family that is also sweet enough to be a family film. Dedicated to the writer/director’s parents, it is one of the more accessible titles available that deals with manic depression and mental illness. However, that should not be a slight against it. An outstanding cast, led by a superb Mark Ruffalo and scene-stealing turns from the two newcomers who play his stubborn-headed daughters, elevate the film’s somewhat digestible portrait of bipolar disorder.
Ruffalo plays Cameron Stuart, a free-spirited kid raised with a silver spoon who was later kicked out of Harvard. On campus in the late 1960s, he met the bohemian Maggie (Zoe Saldana), with whom he soon started a family. Their two daughters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide), have learned how to react to a manic-depressive dad. They do not mind when Cameron »
- Jordan Adler
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